Lately, I haven’t really been reading much. I’ve been too busy writing, or doing other stuff to take the time to read. For a writer that’s not good. A writer needs to read just as much as they need to write. So I decided I’d spend the day reading.
If you’ve followed me for a while, you probably know by now that I love short stories. A well written short is like magic; writing a believable love story on just a few pages is an art and I appreciate the ones who are good at it. The ones who manage to make me feel all the feelings and get to know the characters enough to root for them.
Not many things make me as happy as reading a well-written short story. So today, I’ve read several (six, to be exact), and I thought I’d share my three favorites with you.
A high school boy helping out his aunt on a photo shoot is asked to fill in as a model but as a girl, not a boy. The session leads to a kiss with another boy from school and opens the door to many emotions, dreams, and self-discovery.
This is a YA short and it was seriously cute. I admit that I had to suspend disbelief when I read it, but isn’t that part of why we read anyway? To take us away from the mundane, everyday life? The story is about Tory who dresses up as a girl for a photoshoot and finds his true self. And goodness, his family was absolutely perfect. Adored them, especially his father. I wish everyone had a dad like that. If you want something cute and swoonworthy and fairytale-y, this is the perfect read for you.
Noah McCormack spent his life looking up to his best friend’s dad, Logan Kavanagh. Now Noah wants to do more than look, but can Noah convince Logan to see him as someone other than the boy next door?
A May-December story about a boy falling in love with his best friend’s dad, loved and admired him since he was eleven. Don’t worry, nothing inappropriate happens before Noah is of age…but when he is…Oh myyyyy. This story is kinky, but still very romantic in a non sugary way. And the final scene took me by surprise. It was unexpected, borderline forbidden, and totally hawt *fans myself*
Kyle is a lost boy. “Freed” for his own good, he’s doing his best to follow through on promises made. But he’s struggling, there’s no doubt about it. That is, until he suddenly finds himself in a place he least expected.
Beau is an independent man, answering to no one but himself. If he’s lonely, it’s a small price to pay. That is, until a beautiful, lost young man stumbles into his bar on Valentine’s Day. He can’t turn him away. The boy needs him. Or is it the other way around?
This is why I love short stories so much. In 21 pages, the author manages to make me feel all the feelings, surprise me, and make me sob in the end. BDSM can be so oddly romantic. I say oddly, because I could never kneel at anyone’s feet and call them Master or have it the other way around. I like equality in my relationship. But I love reading about it and when it’s well done, it can be very romantic. This story was fantastic. The ending was completely unexpected and I adored it. I sobbed under my blanket so my husband wouldn’t see 🙂 It definitely ended up on my re-read list. And when I write this, it’s free on Amazon. Run and one-click it now!
Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than reading great stories? I don’t think so! 🙂